LT 19 Information Sessions

The selection process to join Leadership Tampa is rigorous and competitive for approximately 50 seats available in each class. We encourage you to attend one of our four, free Leadership Tampa Information Sessions held in April to find out how to be a successful Leadership Tampa candidate, while learning about the history and benefits of the program.

Wed., Apr. 25, 2018

5 – 6:30pm

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All Sessions held at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Leading The Way For Tomorrow

Since 1970, Leadership Tampa has introduced its class members to major facets of the greater Tampa community through an intensive nine-month course. Founded by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Tampa’s members participate in educational sessions, tours and candid conversations with community leaders. Topics including law enforcement, education, social services, the environment, economic development and the arts, just to name a few! These program days challenge members to see their community as they never have before. To enhance the program day experience, class members are required to participate in a law enforcement ride-a-long as well as a teacher shadowing day.

Members of Leadership Tampa are business/professional people who hold leadership positions within their companies or organizations. Additionally, they have demonstrated a concern for community issues and volunteered their time with service and professional organizations. Leadership Tampa is committed to having a diverse and dynamic class.

The Leadership Tampa year begins in September and concludes in May. Members meet every other week for briefings, tours, seminars and hands-on learning. In addition, the class participates in an Opening Retreat and a Tallahassee Retreat. The Leadership Tampa program agendas bring in top-level business, civic, and government leaders for an interactive and behind the scenes look at Tampa.

General Application Information

Applications for the Class of 2019 are now open. Applications are due by 5:00 PM on May 4, 2018.


Apply To Be In LT '19


Applicants must adhere to program rules of conduct and attendance requirements included in the application.

Attendance at the Opening Retreat and Tallahassee Retreat is mandatory.

Attendance at all sessions is expected.

Those who fail to attend the Opening Retreat and the Tallahassee Retreat or miss more than two (2) program days will be dropped without refund of tuition and sponsors will be notified.

Missing a program day requires notification prior to the program date.

Missing any portion of a program day will be considered the same as missing a full day.

Participants are required to use the transportation method provided by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

Financial Commitment


Tuition is based on single or double accommodations for the two overnight retreats. If selected, tuition payment is due and must be received at the Chamber on or before Friday, August 10, 2018. Payment may be made via credit card or check.

  • $4,000 – Shares a double-room with another class member during the two overnight trips.
  • $4,750 – Single-room during the two overnight trips.

Processing Fee

A non-refundable processing fee of $100 is required with all applications and must be submitted online. The processing fee is payable via credit card only. This fee must be paid before the application can be accepted. Please note that your company must be a Chamber member to apply.

Financial assistance

Limited scholarship opportunities exist. You may only apply for a scholarship after you have applied for Leadeship Tampa.

For questions about tuition assistance, please email MaryBeth Williams, Senior Director, Leadership Programs at

LT '19 Proposed Calendar Schedule

Date* Action
September 12, 2018 Kick Off, 6 PM - 8 PM
September 21-22, 2018 Opening Retreat
September 22 - October 9, 2018 HCSO & TPD Ride Alongs
September 26, 2018 Program 1
October 10, 2018 Program 2
October 10 – November 6, 2018 Teacher Shadowing
October 24, 2018 Program 3
November 7, 2018 Program 4
November 28, 2018 Program 5
December 12, 2018 Holiday Party, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
January 9, 2019 Program 6
January 23, 2019 Program 7
February 6, 2019 Program 8
February 20, 2019 Program 9
March 6, 2019 Program 10
March 19-20, 2019 Program 11
April 2-3, 2019 Tallahassee Retreat
April 17, 2019 Program 12
May 1, 2019 Graduation, 5:30 – 8 PM
May 8, 2019 Breakfast Debrief, 8 – 11 AM

* Dates are subject to change.

Programs are all day sessions (7 AM - 5 PM), unless otherwise noted. Program topics will be confirmed prior to the class announcement.

Class Sponsors



This year's class was supported in part by scholarship funding provided by Leadership Tampa Alumni, Parke Wright IV, and the family of Dr. Ike Tribble.